New York City, New York 10020
is widely recognized as one of the country's leading attorneys in the field of private investment fund formation. He has counseled domestic and international investment fund sponsors on tens of billions of dollars of private fund formations across a wide variety of strategies, including private equity and leveraged buyout funds, public equities and hedge funds, debt and credit funds, technology and venture capital oriented funds, energy and infrastructure funds, emerging markets and other geographically-oriented funds, "hard asset" funds, and other private investment fund strategies. Andrew is ranked as a leading investment funds lawyer by numerous publications, including Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 U.S., IFLR1000, Who's Who Legal and the Guide to the World's Leading Investment Funds Lawyers.
In The Legal 500 U.S.'s 2014 Tier 1 ranking of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's private equity funds
practice Andrew is called "one of the best fund formation attorneys out there" and is praised for "knowing the players, the industry, the issues and how to navigate them." The same publication has described Andrew as a "super-bright and thoughtful" attorney who was "singled out for his 'strategic vision, tremendous technical expertise and understanding of the commercial operations of investment funds, rather than just the legal theory.'"
Andrew is an "extraordinarily knowledgeable and responsive" attorney, who "stands out for his breadth of expertise," according to Chambers USA. Chambers USA's 2012 Tier 1 ranking of Kirkland & Ellis LLP's fund formation practice says that "Andrew Wright earns sensational feedback from market sources: 'Andrew is extremely intelligent, very personable and takes the time to deliver the highest-quality work product.' He is identified as a key player within the practice and has been busy with work for Golden Gate amongst numerous others. One interviewee said: 'We're thrilled to have Andrew on our team and, quite frankly, we don't know what we would do without him.'"
Andrew routinely assists general partners in devising, documenting and implementing internal firm management, compensation and succession planning arrangements. He also counsels fund managers on a wide range of deal-structuring and regulatory compliance matters. He has been involved as legal counsel in a wide range of complex private fund legal matters, including extraordinary events involving private investment funds and their sponsors, such as "key man" events, parent bankruptcies, investor defaults, strategic investments in a fund sponsor, and other significant transactions.
Andrew's clients have also included market-leading placement agents, institutional limited partners, sovereign wealth funds, investor advisory committees, senior investment professionals, corporate executives and other constituents in the alternative investment space.
|Areas of Practice||1) Corporate and 2) Private Funds|
|Law School||University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1999|
|Education||Harvard University, A.B., History and Literature, 1996, magna cum laude|
|Bar Member / Association||State bar of New York|
|Most recent firm||Kirkland & Ellis LLP|
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